TOTOS SEEP Grant EE/ESE Program Descriptions

Sustainability and Environmental Education for Pre-Service (SEEP)

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Name(s) of instructor(s)

Blakely Tsurusaki

Name of university

Washington State University

Level of preparation for the program being described: elementary, middle school, high school (or combination)

Elementary, middle school

University course number

T&L 371

University course title

Teaching elementary science

University course catalogue description

For candidates admitted to teacher preparation. Teaching methods, materials, and content in elementary and middle school mathematics.


(big ideas are fine)

Give pre-service teachers an opportunity to plan, implement, and reflect on teaching a science lesson.

Give pre-service teachers an opportunity to teach science taking advantage of the outdoors.

Description of the experience(s) the pre-service teachers had to learn EE-ESE strategies

(This is the main, detailed description)

Pre-service teachers planned and taught science lessons that incorporated the Washington State Environmental Education Guidelines to local 3rd graders at Klemgard County Park. Some students took advantage of curriculum materials such as Project Learning Tree and Project Wild. We spent much of the semester preparing for the experience at Klemgard – learning about objectives, instructional models, assessment, etc. This culminated in their teaching experience. After, the pre-service teachers reflected on their teaching experience.

The pre-service teachers spend an entire day teaching groups of approximately 3rd graders in an outdoor setting.

Materials/equipment needed for the pre-service teacher experience (include technology that may have been used)

General equipment for teaching outdoor science lessons such as construction paper, paper plates, plastic cups, Mason jars, dirt, forks, spoons, flowers, etc.

Were preK-12 children involved? (Yes or no). If yes, describe their involvement and ages.

Yes – 175 local 3rd graders from public elementary schools

Was this an indoor or outdoor project (or both)?

Describe the setting.


Were other subject area professors involved? Yes or no. If yes, what subjects were integrated? How?


Were there community/ agency/institution partners? Yes or no. If yes, how was the partnership structured?


How was the program evaluated? What did the pre-service teachers have to say?

Student teachers wrote reflections about their experiences. Responses were overwhelmingly positive. The 3rd grade teachers also made positive comments about their students’ experiences and the work of the pre-service teachers.


If another grant was written to support your EE-ESE work, what types of things would you hope to accomplish?

Perhaps find ways to partner with local community organizations.

Thank you!